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Dear Readers,

Hearty Welcome to the launching of “www.shadopwplayindia.com” a dedicated website on the Business of Entertainment and other issues.

When a film is launched, the muhurat shot happens to be just a formal affair. But this launching is an event in itself, the rebirth of my baby in the electronic form. It is but natural that it has to be an event to be remembered for its future omen. The opening issue, therefore, has to be like an opening shot of a film, with substance, sentiments and meaning with a purpose, may be a nostalgia. So, what more apt the opening shot can be than the editor’s encounters with the intellectual, strategically strong and individualistic mother of an acknowledged super star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan? Perhaps these nostalgia may give you a deep insight into the caring stature of the mother, no less a legend in her own way, who shaped, nurtured and allowed to grow the persona, charisma and super talent of a phenomenon nick named by media as BIG B.

It is said that there is always a woman behind a successful man. True. But when the successful man is only one of his kind, then there have to be two women behind him. Super star Big B, had that advantage of having awesome twosome behind his success: First his mother late Teji Bachchan and later his better half Jaya Bachchan.

Here is my tribute to that great soul Teji Harivanshrai Bachchan.

Dear readers, go thru’ this piece, if you have not already read this in the prestigious publication SCREEN dated 15th Feb. 2008.

Please ensure to give your feedback / candid comments OR CRITICISM. Criticism is welcome as we believe in this Stevenson quote :-

“NO ONE BOTHERS TO THROW BRICKBATS AT PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING NOTHING. THE MORE ACTIVE AND FRUITFUL YOUR LIFE, THE MORE YOU RECEIVE CRITICISM. WELCOME IT”

In fact, your constructive criticism will enable us to improve. So here we go.

 A Thorough Gentleman Actor sans Starry Egos

In SHASHI KAPOOR ,We Lost  A Gentleman Actor of the First Order

 

19TH JIO MAMI WITH STAR FILM FESTIVAL

19TH JIO MAMI WITH STAR FILM FESTIVAL LOGO

Highlights

  • Star studded opening at the Posh South Mumbai Liberty Cinema  with an inaugural film of Anurag Kashyap’s “Mukkabaaz”. This was also Asian premiere of the film.
  • Red Carpet galore on the inaugural ceremony  was lit with glamour filled presence of Chairman MAMI Neeta Ambani,  Shridevi,   Kangna  Ranaut , Sharmila Tagore , Nandita Das   Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and  stars Amir Khan , Rajkumar Rao, Anupam Kher  with host of Present   generation film directors like Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan, Karan Johar, Imitiaz Ali  etc. On last day additions to glamour quotient and celebrities were Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Ashutosh  Gowarikar,Konkona Sen Sharma, Vidhu Vinod Chopra to name a few.
  • About 200 films from 29 countries were screened during the six days spread over 16 luxury auditoriums with capacity of 4974 seats in Mumbai and Thane. This large seating capacity made it easier for Fest cineists to choose the screening of their choice without hassles or serpentine queues  for those without reservation .
  • For convenience and easy categorization films were divided in 14 segments viz; After Dark, Discovering India, India Gold , Marathi Talkies, Restored Classics, Special Screenings, The India Story , Tribute, Dimensions Mumbai , Half Ticket ( For children), International Competition, Rendezvous, Spotlight , The new Medium besides, Seminars, talk shows, Master Classes and Q & A with the film makers after the screening.
  • For the first time ,MAMI had introduced “Movie Mandi” an online platform for film makers to find funding in collaboration with Netflix, having world wide presence.
  • The popular “Movie Mela” this year was held preceding day of the festival.
  • Besides the Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in Cinema conferred  on a veteran film maker in International arena. Other  awards were the Jio-MAMI-Reliance Foundation Award for excellence in Digital content in Indian Cinema, Best film/s in International Competition , India Gold and Dimensions Mumbai awards Etc.

A Homage to Actress Shyama

 Shyama ( Khursheed Akhtar) was a born versatile Actress.

( A Short Homage  by Mohan Siroya )

18 TH JIO MAMI FILM FESTIVAL WITH STAR

  18  TH  JIO  MAMI  MUMBAI  FILM  FESTIVAL  WITH STAR  20 – 27 october  2016

 

 

                                       HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

*The  favourite film festival for cine buffs . patronized by cineastes’ all over India

   unveiled its 18 th edition on 20th October evening  with an exclusive opening

   ceremony ( only for invitees ) at the iconic newly renovated  ROYAL OPERA

47 TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA, GOA (IFFI)

47 TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA -- GOA  (20 NOV. TO 28 NOVEMBER 2016 )     AT THE OUTSET MUST MENTION THAT OPPOSED TO THE ESTABLISHED NORM OF 10 DAYS DURATION SINCE TEH INCEPTION OF THE FEST; THE DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS PRUNED THE  DURATION FROM TEN TO EIGHT DAYS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE COST AND TIME OF OUTSIDE PARTICIAPTING DELEGATES ;BUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FILMS TO BE SCREENED. WHILE DOING THIS , NO MAGIC WAS DOEN BUT MERELY TO ENHANCE THE DAILY SCREENING HOURS STARTING

( 20 TO 28 NOVEMBER 2016 )

AT THE OUTSET MUST MENTION THAT OPPOSED TO THE ESTABLISHED NORM OF 10 DAYS DURATION SINCE TEH INCEPTION OF THE FEST; THE DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS PRUNED THE DURATION FROM TEN TO EIGHT DAYS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE COST AND TIME OF OUTSIDE PARTICIAPTING DELEGATES ;BUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FILMS TO BE SCREENED.

A SHORT TRIPUTE TO OM PURI

A short Tribute to OM Puri

A versatile Actor -Dramatist --Par Excellence

I & B Minister at 47 TH IFFI NFDC FILM BAZAAR

TRACING THE 10 YEAR JOURNEY OF NFDC FILM BAZAAR

A Recap

Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the annual NFDC Film Bazaar has become a beacon for budding filmmakers from South Asia. The platform has been tirelessly evolving into a one-stop shop that encourages collaboration between South Asian and international film fraternities; a confluence point for screenwriters, filmmakers, sales agents, distributors, film festival programmers and financiers from around the world.

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